Ultralight Backpacker

If you want to reduce weight, compartmentalize your gear in every way, and simply go farther, the Ultralight Backpacker is for you.

Ultralight is no passing fad, it’s a way of life. A slimmed down life that allows you to move quickly, suffer less pain, and truly connect to the natural world without the distraction of all those “things.” You are one with the wilderness, and have a consistent obsession with gear, and the reduction of that gear.

You saw off the end of your spare toothbrush. You dream about objects that nest together. You can calculate ounces to pounds to grams faster than a calculator, and you have at least one spreadsheet that references the function, purpose, and weight (obviously) of your gear. Or, maybe you don’t have all this stuff in your head; you simply know that less weight on the trail means you can reach the tallest peak, the deepest lake, and get into the true heart of the wild.

Our Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for the Ultralight Backpacker take into account that while you may or may not be a gearhead, you know how to cut the obese chaff from the titanium wheat. So do we. While this inherently caters to long distance thru-hikers, the ultralight movement is not exclusionary. Beginners can be ultralight; old-schoolers can convert. There is no club and the only hazing is when, inevitably, someone asks about your tiny pack on the trail.

Contrary to common belief, ultralight doesn’t have to cost your firstborn. It can be enjoyed by anyone with basic wilderness skills. Our approach is a bit like a missionary: Convert those who are curious to the ultralight ways, thereby lightening the collective load.

Explore Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for Ultralight Backpacker below!

Ultralight Backpacker Outdoor Guides

Backpackers Guide to Headlamps

Comprehensive guide to that which lets us see — headlamps! Demystifying, scientific, hilarious. Includes misconceptions about lumens and battery life, too.

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Backpackers Guide to Fleece Jackets

Comprehensive guide to the layer that keeps us cozy — fleece jackets! Demystifying, scientific, hilarious. An Outdoor Guide for the ages.

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Backpackers Guide to Online Outdoor Retailers

Don’t know where to get your gear? Our epic guide to online outdoor retailers covers every important retailer on the web.

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Backpackers Guide to Backpacks

Comprehensive guide to the object that lets us carry stuff — backpacks! Demystifying, scientific, hilarious. An Outdoor Guide for the ages.

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Backpackers Guide to Down Jackets

Comprehensive guide to the layer that keeps us toasty and puffy — down jackets. Demystifying, scientific, hilarious. An Outdoor Guide for the ages.

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